NFCH to offer stroke victim care with telemedicine

Published: Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 06:12 PM.

“The system also pings your robot every two minutes to make sure it is functioning,” Long said. “There is no use in having this technology if the batteries go dead or it isn’t working when you need it.”

Dunlap said it will take about 60 days to get the telemedicine system online and get the training completed for the NFCH staff.

“We should be up and running by the end of the year,” Dunlap said.

One of the most important aspects of the program will be educating the public and the area Emergency Medical Services about the stroke telemedicine program so they know to bring patients to NFCH for treatment.

The acronym FAST is used in educating the public on the symptoms of a stroke. FAST stands for Facial drooping, Arm weaknes, Slurred speech, and Time — time to call 911.

“Educating the public is a key factor,” Long said. “Too often, people will just go lay down, thinking they are going to feel better, but then it is too late.”



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